June 27, 2005

Howdy

Hey all! Thanks for your comments on the Baby Blanket! I really appreciate the input.

I have decided to go with the practical basketweave. Besides being reversible, this pattern is easy to knit while talking or watching TV. It's a nice change from the Lace and Cables Cardigan, which requires strict attention.

Last weekend and this weekend, we've been working on changing our Storage room/office into just a storage room, and our Storage room/music room into a music room/office. The storage room is also the room that houses the cat food and litter box. Now our office is looking like a place where humans live. I'll try to take a picture tonight. I really like it. We also made a major modification to the storage room. We cut a cat door into the door. This is huge. We used to have a baby gate in the doorway to keep the dogs from eating the cat food. Now we can just close the door! A brilliant idea that only took us 6 years to implement. Also, those IKEA bookcase lamps that we bought 4 years ago and have been sitting unused in their boxes ever since? Installed. We are really making progress now.

I spent most of Saturday working on filing. Yes, filing. I went through about 3 years of paper and sorted, filed and shredded. It is an enormous relief to have it done. I hate having that stuff hanging around. We are in a serious decluttering mode at our house, and we need to keep up the momentum.

Also happening on Saturday? The telephone repairman was out most of the day. We haven't had phone service since...well, we've known we haven't had service since Thursday evening, but it could have been out longer than that, and we just didn't know it. Sean's car was in the shop and he tried calling me for a ride home Thursday night, but the phone never rang. That's when we finally figured out something was wrong. It's still not fixed. Someone else will be coming out today. Apparently it's affecting everyone on the block.

I did have time for fun this weekend! I met up with Lynette on Sunday, and we had a very nice time chatting and knitting away the afternoon. Go see her finished socks and cute kitties and wish her a good trip!

Posted by LoriO at 9:47 AM

June 24, 2005

Wide Load

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Moon Pie always insists on sitting on or near me in the evenings when I sit down to knit. For some reason, she thought it would be comfortable to sit back-half on the arm of the couch, front-half on the side table amonst my knitting things. The Pie cracks me up!

I knitted all of one row on my sweater sleeves last night, but quickly decided that I just wasn't into it. So I started something new.

I have niece who will be having a baby in November, and of course I want to knit something for her. I decided to start with a baby blanket. I knitted a couple of swatches and I can't decide which one I like better.

No. 1, a version of Feather and Fan

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No. 2, a basketweave with a sweet seed-stitch border

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I'm loving the seed-stitch border, but not the actual basketweave itself. Maybe with a little blocking it would look better. The basketweave also has the added attraction of being reversible.

I like the feather and fan, but I'm wondering if it works with such a thick yarn. Also, I think it looks kind of Grandma-ish. Nothing against Grandmas.

The yarn I'm using here is actually two different yarns held together, one a brushed acrylic vintage Phildar, the other LB Baby Soft. The baby soft has tiny flecks of color that may not show up well in the pics, but I like the subtle effect. I was thinking of knitting the entire thing in the LB Baby Soft, but, it's a sport weight yarn, and I wanted to be able to give this to my niece before the baby starts kindergarten. Is it cheating to use thick yarn so it won't take as long to knit?

Posted by LoriO at 10:12 AM

June 22, 2005

Proof of knit

A while back I knitted a little hat for a friend of mine, a mere 10 months after she expressed an interest in getting one.

My first try, a prototype in CottonTots, came out too small and eventually became a lampshade of sorts, but not before being modeled by Luci's husband.

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On the second try, I attempted to convert the pattern to being knit in the round and it came out 3 inches too big.

The 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th versions were frogged almost immediatly after they were started, and it wasn't until the 7th that I gave up and knitted the pattern flat, as written. Success!

Here's Luci, modeling her hat among the spring flowers.

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It's from the Rowan Calmer Collection, done in Rowan Calmer.

Thanks Luci and Doug for the pictures!

Posted by LoriO at 1:21 PM

June 20, 2005

Oops, I did it again

Well, I got out the back of the sweater and compared it to the front that I had finished, and it was a perfect match. Then I measured, and realized the raglan arm is about 2 1/2 inches too long.

So the moral of the story is, when instructions say to decrease every row, it means decrease EVERY row, just like Tifff said.

But seeing as how I've done it consistently wrong on all three parts, I decided to leave it. I can do with a little longer raglan anyway. I like a boxy fit, and I wanted the sweater to be a little longer than in the picture. So, I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for a little Happy Good Luck on this one.

I started the sleeves this weekend. I'm knitting both sleeves at once, so it shouldn't take me very long. Ha. Ha ha. I crack myself up sometimes.

This weekend was packed with activity. A good friend of mine was in town for a job interview, so a bunch of old friends met up for lunch on Saturday. On Sunday, Sean's parents came up and we all went to a Rivercat's game for Father's day. (My Dad went to my Sister's house in Oregon this year.) It was a fun and relaxing day.

Posted by LoriO at 1:49 PM

June 17, 2005

Too much for my small brain

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A somewhat progress pic of the second side. I'm a little farther along that this picture shows, but this pic all I have right now. I just started the neckline decreases last night, so I'm nearly done, BUT, I'm thinking now I may just need to rip it back and start over. I also think I may have to rip the other side out too, back to the lifeline I left in.

I am having a hard time deciphering "decreasing every row" vs. "decreasing every other row" REALLY means.

For example:

RS - dec
WS - no dec
RS - dec
WS - no dec

If there are only decreases on one side (like for an armhole) does decreasing as above consititue "decreasing every row?" Or do you take it literally and decrease every row, even on the wrong side? If so, I'll be ripping an awful lot of these two pieces out.

And then:

RS - dec
WS - no dec
RS - no dec
WS - no dec
RS - dec

Would that be considered every other row? That can't be it.

So these are the conundrums that plauge me every evening when I attempt to knit on this thing. It's making it feel like work, which is why I'm not making much progress, and I've got knitting magazines spread out all over the living room so I can dream about other projects.

Posted by LoriO at 11:31 AM

June 15, 2005

All she needs is a hat.

It's a chicken suit. Whatever were they thinking? Red and white are not good colors for her at all. (link via Mossy Cottage Knits)


Posted by LoriO at 4:47 PM

June 13, 2005

Score of the century!

What an excellent three day weekend. Why can't every weekend be three days? Why? WHY?

Jonelle and I had a great time Friday on our thrifting/yarn shop outing. Jonelle found a cashmere sweater for $1.99, but no, that wasn't the biggest score. This was:

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If I'm not mistaken, that's Manos de Uruguay. A lot of it. In a very nice color.

Here's the tag:

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I had been trying to convice Jonelle that she should try ripping out thrifted sweaters to get the yarn. I actually said at some point, "there was a blogger I read, who found a sweater in a thrift shop that was made of Manos de Uruguay, maybe we'll find one of those!" And then we did. And that tag that says $9.98 was crossed out because it was only $5.98. But wait, there's more! When Jonelle was paying for the sweater, she found out that all long sleeved garments were half off that day. We actually high-fived each other at the check-out counter. Since I'm not buying anymore wool, this one was all hers.

Gotta run, more later if I can.

Posted by LoriO at 9:32 AM

June 9, 2005

If my head wasn't attached I'd forget it

Last night I made a special effort to take a picture of my sweater fronts (one complete, one in progress) so I could have some gosh dern knitting content!

Then I forgot to bring the camera to work with me. Argh. I actually knit quite a bit last night and I'm about 1/3 of the way through the raglan decreases. I forgot to mention, I'm cableing without a cable needle on this sweater and it's working out great. I couldn't quite visualize how to do it until I read Wendy's excellent tutorial on it.

I got a nice surprise in the mail last Friday, from none other than the lovely Spaazlicious! The woman ROAKs in the true sense of the word ...er...acronym. She loaned me her pattern for this sweater, which I love:

(it's the one on the right, and yes, I stole the pic from your site, I hope you don't mind. I was too lazy to scan it in myself.)
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The really cool thing about this surprise, is the pattern calls for a yarn called Fleischer's Spice, and I happen to have three skeins of it in my stash from that Estate Sale yarn score. That's not enough to make the sweater, but still! It's possible that I could find some more somewhere. Anyone got a line on vintage yarn stashes?

Hey! Today is my first Friday. I'm taking tomorrow off, and going to visit my friend Jonelle (the one with the cute kitten) and we're doing another yarn store/thrift store extravaganza in her neck of the woods. Maybe I'll come across some Fleisher's Spice.

I hope it stops raining by tomorrow. I'm really getting sick of this weird weather. I'm wearing shoes and socks in June. Unheard of!

Posted by LoriO at 9:00 AM